Genetic Enhancement Perspectives and Prospects for Grain Nutrients Density

Are, A K and Gorthy, S and Mehtre, S P and Hariprasanna, K and Jayakumar, J and Kotla, A and Phuke, R and Gaddameedi, A and Kunapareddy, A (2021) Genetic Enhancement Perspectives and Prospects for Grain Nutrients Density. In: Sorghum in the 21st Century: Food – Fodder – Feed – Fuel for a Rapidly Changing World. Springer Nature, Singapore, pp. 791-808.

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Diet-induced micronutrient malnutrition continues to be a major challenge globally, especially in the developing world. With the ever-increasing population, it becomes a daunting task to feed millions of mouths with nutritious food. It is time to reorient agricultural systems to produce quality food to supply the calorie and nutrient requirements needed by the human body. Biofortification is the process of improving micronutrients density by genetic means. It is cheaper and sustainable and complements well with the nutrient supplementation and fortification— the short-term strategies that are currently deployed to address the micronutrient malnutrition. Sorghum is one of the important food crops globally, adapted to semi-arid tropics, and there is increased awareness on its nutritional importance. Further, there is great opportunity to improve sorghum for nutritional quality. This chapter deals about the genetic enhancement perspectives and prospects for improving the nutritional quality with main emphasis on grain micronutrient density in sorghum.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biofortification, Micronutrients, Grain Fe, Grain Zn, Anti-nutritional factors
Subjects: Others > Biofortification
Others > Food and Nutrition
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 09:35
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 09:35
Acknowledgement: The authors wish to thank the funding support by HarvestPlus Challenge Program and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for carrying out biofortification research. Thanks are also due to CRP—Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals for partial support for carrying out this work.
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